Let's start by giving some credit where it's deserved: the offensive line. I thought
That said, I've had turf toe and it's especially difficult on a running back. Essentially it inflames the joint on the bottom of your big toe. If you plant to go left, for example, all of the weight of your body is on your right toe, and that's damn painful. You don't have the explosion you want. It's not something a back can hide, even if he wants to hurry back. If Willie's still in bad shape and he tries to practice this week, coaches will see it immediately. You can't hide that.
Here's the big picture problem: this team is built on defense, so it's near impossible to rectify the situation with offensive changes. Their philosophy is simple: Run the ball and play great defense.
Man, I got some seriously crazy letters in my day. And because of that, I wouldn't play fantasy football today. After what I've been through? No way. It made me hate fantasy football so much.
-- The Jets were reminded of a simple fact on Sunday:
If I'm on his team, this game doesn't rattle me. But it does bring me back to Earth and I realize, "I have to do a better job of helping out. Mark does have a steep learning curve. We have to carry him." That's what I think is going through the heads of his teammates. I've been in that situation before, and all you can do is to heap more responsibility on yourself.
-- More apologies: To
After Denver defeated Dallas, we have to reassess those decisions: letting Cutler go; the way he handled
-- Denver's win was more of a coming out party for the Broncos than it was an execution of the Cowboys. Still, Dallas isn't a team or a town that's very patient. And that new stadium is putting a lot more pressure on this team. Expectations are suddenly sky-high, almost championship-or-bust. They're heading toward bust. They can't afford to lose many more games, especially at home, and especially this early. As much as
-- Who else disappointed me in Week 4? Cincinnati. The Bengals were supposed to stomp Cleveland convincingly. You guys want to compete in the AFC North? Come on. Also, Buffalo. The way they defend the run, how can you even mention their name now in the AFC East picture?
-- I'll say this about
I also understand what